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| PACKING UP|
hen you sell your home and buy another, you usually move in on the same day, taking your furniture and belongings with you. However, you may be leaving your old home and moving into your new one a week or even a month later. This can happen for various reasons. Perhaps you’re in a chain and have to complete your purchase before your seller is able to complete. The same applies if you’re moving from one rental property to another.
DON’T PANIC IF THE DATE YOU MOVE OUT OF YOUR OLD HOME AND INTO YOUR NEW ONE DOESN’T COINCIDE. JUST THINK SELF STORAGE
Get rid of ﬂammable items, ﬁreworks, acids, paints and petrol. For health and safety reasons, you may not be allowed to store them
WHAT NOT TO SHIFT…
Find a temporary home
WORDS: Puneet Chahal | PHOTOGRAPH: Getty Images
In such situations, you should ﬁrst of all work out where you will stay in the interim. You may be lucky to have relatives who’ll put you up on a temporary basis – but this will almost certainly depend on the length of time you need to be there. Your parents may be happy to have you, your partner and three teenage kids camp with them for a week, but three months could be a different story. A hotel or B&B are options if you don’t have anywhere else to stay, but do your research as far in advance as possible because the closer you
get to your moving date, the higher rates are going to be. If you need accommodation for several months, consider renting a property on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST).
Find a storage solution
You may be tempted to squish all your items into friends’ garages or
sheds but be aware that if the structure is damp, has a leaky roof or is open to invasion by pests such as rats, you could ﬁnd that your belongings are damaged by the time you reclaim them. The best solution is to ﬁnd a self-storage company that will enable you to stow your items away in a ‘container’, which is like an empty room. The space will be dry and secure and you are usually provided with a key so you can have access, 24 hours a day. There is usually a range of sizes, too, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. You can either pre-pay for longer periods (say, six or 12 months at a time) or pay on a monthly basis if you don’t know exactly how long you need to rent the container. Many storage companies have special offers so look out for these. They can also help you with cardboard boxes, cartons, bubble wrap, vacuum space-saving bags and tape to pack up all your items without breaking them. You need to be especially careful when it comes to transporting delicate and/or expensive items. If you have valuables, it makes sense to insure them against breakage or theft for a small fee.
1. If you’re selling your home and have to vacate before you can move into your new property. 2. If you’re decorating or renovating and need a place to store belongings. 3. If you’re a trader and need a place to store items you sell. 4. If you’re moving abroad and need to store furniture until you can ship it. 5. If you’re o travelling so need storage facilities. 6. If you’re a student and need storage over the summer hols.
‘SELF-STORAGE WAS THE IDEAL SOLUTION FOR MY MOVING PROBLEMS’
A storage facility came to the rescue of Sunny Singh, 33, from Middlesex ‘My family and I wanted to move but decided to rent in the area rst, just to make sure. We found a property we liked and got tenants for our own house, but they needed to move in immediately while the house we wanted to rent wasn’t available for a month. ‘Fortunately, my parents said we could stay with them for four weeks, but we didn’t know what to do with our furniture. Luckily, a friend recommended a local storage place. We booked a container and were given a padlock and key so we could access our belongings at any time. ‘I was happy knowing that our stu was safe but wish I hadn’t scrimped on the packaging. I broke my plasma TV during the move but didn’t have insurance, so I’d recommend insuring all valuables before you begin shifting.’ ■
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of at home with Sarah Beeny - August 2012
WELCOME FROM SARAH
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
THE THRIFTY FIFTY
TRENDS ON TRIAL
ESSENTIAL HOME-BUYING GUIDE
WHAT’S THE SCORE?
THE NEW FACE OF PROPERTY?
SOAP AND GLORY
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
THE BRIGHT STUFF
GET THE JUNGLE LOOK
A ONE OFF
TAKE TO THE FLOOR
IT’S A BLINDER
SNUG AS A BUG
BEAT THE BUILDING BLUES
LET THERE BE LIGHT
JUMP RIGHT IN
OUT OF SIGHT
PRO PLANET PROJECTS
YOU LIVE WHERE?
at home with Sarah Beeny - August 2012